There are also lots of places to explore in the area surrounding Merseburg. Just a few kilometres away is Handel’s home town of Halle on the River Saale. It is well worth visiting Handel’s birthplace or the Franckesche Stiftungen – the only place where an art and natural history chamber dating from the Baroque era has been preserved in its original setting. Alternatively, you can take a boat trip on the Saale and admire the beautiful natural landscape and tourist attractions along the banks of the river.
If you head in the opposite direction, you will come to Leipzig. This Saxon metropolis offers something for everyone – art and culture enthusiasts, music lovers and shopaholics. Why not attend a performance by one of the world’s most prestigious orchestras in Leipzig’s famous concert hall, Neues Gewandhaus? Or simply sit back and soak up the unique atmosphere in one of the countless street cafés.
In cooperation with Galerie Atta, the Radisson Blu Hotel Merseburg exhibits works by Nadine Giehl on a worldwide basis.
This artist does not restrict herself to one particular form of artistic expression. Her versatility and flexibility are evident from the contrast between her flowing airbrush sketches and sharp-edged graphics.
The art exhibition will be open from 15/01 to 15/06/2016.
The Ottonian/early Romanesque cathedral is one of the most outstanding historic buildings on the Romanesque Route. It houses an exhibition of fascinating cultural relics, such as the royal crypt containing restored decorative sarcophagi dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries, along with the famous Merseburg incantations.
Merseburg’s cathedral and palace ensemble lies directly on the Saale cycle track which runs alongside the river, past romantic castles and picturesque scenery. You can cycle for 403 kilometres from the source of the Saale in the Fichtel Mountains to Barby on the Elbe.
Only a few minutes’ drive from the Radisson Blu Hotel Halle Merseburg is the town’s Südpark (South Park). This is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. It invites you to take long walks through unspoiled countryside and explore the Heimattierpark (indigenous animal park), which is home to over 300 animals.
Merseburg’s museums cover a wide range of topics. In the Cultural History Museum at Merseburg Palace, you can learn everything there is to know about the town’s history. Other attractions not to be missed are the Aviation and Technology Museum, the German Chemistry Museum and the art gallery Tiefer Keller.
The Ständehaus Merseburg is the former seat of the Prussian provincial assembly. Today, it is an ideal location for exclusive events.
The cultural history site Bad Lauchstädt with its revived Neoclassical Goethe Theatre is within easy travelling distance.
A picturesque venue for weddings is the Schlossgarten (palace gardens) with its Schlossgartensalon (palace garden salon). The historic palace ensemble is a must-see attraction for visitors to Merseburg.
In Halle, you can trace the life of the famous Baroque composer Georg Friedrich Handel at his birthplace, the Händelhaus.
In commemoration of the Merseburg legend of the Raven, the iron raven cage, in which bishop Thilo von Trotha locked away the culprit responsible for stealing his ring, is on display in the palace courtyard.
Countless sweet treats can be had at the Halloren Schokoladenfabrik (chocolate factory) in Halle. Directly nextdoor is the museum illustrating the history of Halloren and featuring a room made entirely out of chocolate.
The works of the painter and graphic artist Willi Sitte are exhibited in the Willi Sitte Galerie.
Set amid the wine-growing region of Saale-Unstrut in North Germany is the Rotkäppchen Sektkellerei (sparkling wine production facility). Wine-tasting tours provide an opportunity for you to immerse yourself in the world of bubbly.
The Coat of Arms Room at the Merseburger Kapitelhaus (chapter house) is one of Germany’s most impressive late-Gothic halls.
Concerts, events and shows can be experienced at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig. The varied programme includes anything from comedy to classic theatre performances.
Take a moment to admire Merseburg’s coat of arms and the countless episcopal shields adorning the façade of the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall).
In good weather, there are distant views of the Völkerschlachtdenkmal (Monument to the Battle of the Nations) from our hotel. The monument is within easy travelling distance for those wishing to view it at close quarters.
Enjoy the rippling water of Gotthardteich (Gotthard Lake) and the tranquillity of the well-tended surrounding park. Another must-see attraction is the rose garden bordering the rear section of Gotthard Lake.
Take a trip to the Arche Nebra, the multimedia visitor centre close to the site where the unique Nebra sky disc was discovered.